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Pentagon Investigators Fired For Exposing Cover Up Of Military Sexual Assaults

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Three pentagon officials that were tasked with investigating sexual assault in the military say that they were either fired or suspended for reporting on cases of sexual assault and exposing attempts to cover these crimes up. They were essentially fired for doing what they were hired to do.

The three women spoke to CBS News this week, about their work with the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, and how they faced retaliation for properly investigating the crimes that were taking place within the military’s ranks, just as the victims themselves were facing retaliation.

 

Amy Braley Franck, Marianne Bustin, and Lindsey Knapp have recently come forward with their stories of corruption in the US military’s internal system of justice. All three women worked with the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, which was established 15 years ago when the problem first started getting national media attention.

Franck says that she saw many instances of commanders investigating themselves when they were accused of sexual crimes on base.

“I discovered written documentation of illegal investigations and victims languishing, and I continued to ask for help over and over again, and to no avail,” she said.

Lindsey Knapp said that there are “some bad actors and commanders that have found a way to sweep these things under the rug.”

Knapp also pointed out that there has been an increase in assault reports, but a decrease in convictions.

“More and more service members reporting that they’re being retaliated against,” she said.

In the military’s most recent anonymous survey, 64% of women who reported a sexual assault said they experienced retaliation.

“People are afraid. I have young ladies and men say, ‘The rape was bad, but I don’t wanna go through this other thing because it’s worse than the rape,’” Franck said.

Last year, Franck was suspended from her position the day after she contacted a commanding general about the problem of retaliation after sexual assaults.

“I think the breadth and the depth of the problem is so large that they really don’t want the general public to understand that they don’t have it under control,” she said.

Bustin was also fired by the same commander that she complained to.

“They didn’t want change, and they refused to do it, and they said, ‘You’re gonna be gone,’ and they were right,” Bustin said.

“Here’s three women trying to fight a male-dominated system where men are the ones deciding whether women were assaulted or harassed… it’s a difficult fight,” she added.

Knapp also said that her firing came immediately after reporting problems to a commander.

“It all came to a head when I reported that Delta Force was covering up rape. I don’t think they want people to know that their elite fighting force is capable of doing these kinds of things. We’re not even the sexual assault survivor, we are the victim advocate, we are there to advocate. But then they see us being retaliated against, and they see us being fired for standing up for them,” Knapp explained.

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Elliot Page’s Wife Say’s Proud Of Star’s Transgender Disclosure

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Yesterday, actor Elliot Page announced his transgender identity in a heartfelt Instagram post. Today, his wife, Emma Portner, has offered her public words of support.

Portner is a 26-year-old professional dancer and choreographer who began dating Page in 2017. The couple married a year later, in 2018.

 

Page makes regular appearances in Emma’s dancing YouTube channel and Instagram videos.

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In a statement on Instagram, Portner said, “I am so proud of Elliot Page. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”

Netflix is currently updating Page’s name in all of the credits for the films he’s featured in, and he will continue to play the role of Vanya in The Umbrella Academy.

Portner created the choreography for Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical. In 2015, she choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber’s music video for his song “Life is Worth Living”. She also created the choreography for Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.

In 2019, she was nominated for Arena Dance Competition’s “Best Female Dancer” of the year. Paper Magazine also listed Portner in “PAPER Predictions: 100 people to watch in 2019”. She is one of very few dancers to have been on the covers of the magazines Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine.

As of 2020, her work has been displayed in a variety of environments including Apple, Netflix, Vogue, Sony Studios, and in professional Ballet. She has movement directed Indie music stars such as Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, and BANKS and performed at prestigious venues like The Guggenheim Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, the Oslo Opera House, and New York City Center.

Page first became known for his role in the film and series Pit Pony (1997–2000), for which he won a Young Artist Award, and for recurring roles in Trailer Park Boys (2002) and ReGenesis (2004).

Page also received recognition for his role in the film Hard Candy (2005) and won an Austin Film Critics Association’s Award.

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Page had his cinematic breakthrough with the title role in Jason Reitman’s film Juno (2007), earning nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also earned praise for roles in The Tracey Fragments (2007), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010), and Tallulah (2016).

Page has also portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films (2006, 2014), produced the film Freeheld (2015) in which he also starred, and made his directorial debut with the documentary There’s Something in the Water (2019). Since 2019, he has portrayed Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.

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Woman Faked Deadly Cancer To Scam Friends Into Paying For “Dream Wedding”

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A 29-year-old woman named Toni Standen faked a cancer diagnosis to scam her friends into contributing up to $11,000 for her dream wedding.

Standen went to great lengths to convince everyone that she was sick. She even shaved her head and gave newspaper interviews about her cancer diagnosis.

 

She had claimed that she only had a short time to live, and that the cancer had spread to her brain, bones, and all over her body.

Friends launched a GoFundMe page to give Standen and her partner James “a wedding they deserve.”

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The wedding service was held at St Bede’s Catholic Church in Widnes and was followed by a reception for roughly 150 guests, according to The Mirror.

At the wedding, the couple received some video messages offering them support and congratulations.

One came from Standen’s father, who passed away before the wedding, and another came from Everton FC, and was delivered by one of the top players.

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Her friends began to suspect that something might be wrong a short time later when Standen claimed to have the coronavirus.

After discovering the truth, her friends called the scam an “ultimate betrayal”.

Last week, Standen pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation. The crimes were alleged to have taken place between February 2019 and April 2020. However, she had been exploiting this scam for several years.

The first documented case of her fraud began in July 2017, when she was interviewed in her local paper saying she had cancer. Then later in March of last year, she gave another interview where she claimed that the cancer was terminal.

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Even after the wedding, she continued to spread wild lies about herself. In January of this year, she made a post online saying that she only had two months to live and that her organs were beginning to fail.

Then a month later she claimed to have died.

Photo: The Mirror

In February, a post on her Facebook account read, “RIP TONI. Our lovely Toni passed away last night, surrounded by friends and family… strong until the end.”

Standen blamed the post on hackers, but her friends think that she just wanted to see what people would say about her if she died.

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Michael Flynn Calls On Trump To Impose Martial Law

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Just a week after his presidential pardon, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn promoted a call for the president to “temporarily suspend the Constitution” and impose martial law.

On Tuesday, Flynn shared a press release from a group called the “We the People Convention” that demanded for Trump to implement martial law. The statement even evoked Abraham Lincoln and the civil war.

 

“Then, as now, a President with courage and determination was needed to preserve the Union. Today, the current threat to our United States by the international and domestic socialist/communist left is much more serious than anything Lincoln or our nation has faced in its history – including the civil war,” the statement reads.

The statement condemns groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter as well as the media. The statement also said that “limited” martial law is a “better option” than civil war.

The statement reads:

“When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote….You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!”

Last week, Trump announced that he pardoned Michael Flynn.

The president announced the move in a Tweet.

In December 2017, Flynn formalized a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI, and agreed to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s investigation.

In January 2020, Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming government vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement. The United States Department of Justice announced that it intended to drop all charges against Flynn on May 7, 2020.

Flynn, with his son Michael G. Flynn, ran the Flynn Intel Group Inc, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments. The company was founded in the fall of 2014, and closed in 2016.

Flynn was paid more than $65,000 by companies connected to Russia in 2015, including $11,250 each from Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the U.S. subsidiary of Kaspersky Lab. Other clients included Palo Alto Networks, Francisco Partners, Brainwave Science and Adobe Systems.

While working as a consultant, Flynn served on the board of several organizations, including GreenZone Systems, Patriot Capital, Brainwave, Drone Aviation and OSY Technologies. Subsidiaries of the Flynn Intel Group included FIG Cyber Inc, headed by Timothy Newberry, and FIG Aviation.

In August 16, 2016, the FBI opened a case on Flynn as part of its Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The investigation was intended to find out if Flynn was knowingly or unknowingly “involved in activity on behalf of the Russian Federation which may constitute a federal crime or threat to the national security” of the United States.

A review of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, done by Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, was completed in December 2019. It concluded that “the quantum of information articulated by the FBI to open” the individual investigation on Flynn “was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Justice Department and the FBI”. The review “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open” the investigation against Flynn.

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